We stayed at Pura Vida upon our arrival in San Jose and our first experience was pleasant. Except for the fact 3 large german shapards run around the kitchen and eating areas. I felt this was not acceptable. Not everyonew wants to eat with a dog running around. Entry and lobby smells strongly of dogs.
Despite the dog issue all was fine.
When we were returning for our flight home we decided to stay our last night at Pura Vida. This room was VERY unpleasant. I was shocked. it was beyond dirty, walls and baseboards were rotten and filthy. There was a dead cockroach in our shower and I felt like I was staying in a roadside 1930's motel that had no renovation. Drapes were so old they were faded and actually rotten. Worst all after this disappointment . That night we were invited to join a dance lesson on the patio by an employee. After the dance lesson which we watched more then participate we were informed we owed $10 each for the lessons! When I spoke to the owner - she said it was not her problem and I must take care of it. We had no idea we were being charged for the lesson !
In the morning the breakfast was good and enjoyable BUT the room is so close to a neighbor that we were woke up at 6:00 AM by the neighbor making his morning coffee - we could actually hear him stirring the cup of coffee - really ! Then after hearing every move of the neighbor he started his car which was parked next to room with big ZOOM and noise he was gone - quiet at last , 7;00 time to get up!
We were treated rude and like we were a burden to the owners. My daughter saw them drinking alot, perhaps this is a problem?
I highly suggest finding another location to lay your head.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Pura Vida Hotel is located 4km north of the SJO International airport - we provide a free taxi pickup for international arrivals. Breakfast is included and an excellent dinner is available with reservations (or late meals for late arrivals). Touring services include car rentals delivered here, private vans and as much touring advice as you wish - we are experts on Costa Rica. We have arrangements with Toyota Car Rental for deals on car rentals. Our idea is simply that this is a place we would like to stay at when we travel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pura Vida Alajuela
- Hotel Pura Vida
- Pura Vida Hotel Costa Rica/Alajuela